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Bulls storm home in last half

Shepparton Bulls have come from behind after a poor first half to knock over Boroondara to post their first win of the season.

OLIVER CAFFREY April 16, 2014 3:05am

A half-time spray from coach Warren Johnston inspired Shepparton Bulls to a thrilling first win of the A-grade second division season.

The Bulls recovered from a poor first half, where they went into the break down 8-0, to run out one-point winners against Boroondara at Vibert Reserve on Saturday.

Bulls star Lee-Roy Huthmann continued his impressive start to the season, kicking three conversions, while Malaki Tunumafono, Abel Moananu and Moronae Silaga all crossed the line for important second-half tries.

Johnston said his side was slow out of the blocks at the weekend after an impressive first-round effort against Northern.

‘‘I was fuming at half-time, but we had a forthright talk and sorted a few things out,’’ Johnston said.

‘‘It was a very ordinary first half, we were just unstructured and didn’t follow the game plan, but we’re still getting used to each other’s play and we just weren’t focusing on what we were there for.’’

Johnston said the transition into a higher standard of rugby had meant his side couldn’t afford to take it easy during games.

‘‘It was a really good effort in the second half to see we could change how we were playing and change things up that weren’t going right in the first,’’ Johnston said.

‘‘We are in a lot harder competition than last year in the country comp. When we were winning by 50 and 60 points most weeks, we could get away with making mistakes.

‘‘The Melbourne teams are so well drilled and well-structured, they will just pounce on us if we look like slipping up.’’

Johnston said he was pleased with the run and carry of Elliot Bush, who is just one of a number of players in their first season with the Bulls.

A squad of 30 has been at training and the first two games have proved to be a test of where the squad is at.

‘‘We put in a lot of guys that didn’t play the first week because we wanted to be giving everyone a run,’’ Johnston said.

Johnston said he would pick a full-strength team for their next clash against Eltham at Vibert Reserve, Shepparton on April 26 after a week off due to Easter.

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